The Cabinet Secretary for Defence Hon. Aden Duale  today launched Volume 1, Issue 2 of the National Defence University-Kenya (NDU-K) Journal at the National Defence College in Karen, Nairobi.

The Journal themed, ‘Security Institutions in National Development’ underscores the human security dimension in Kenya and regionally and the prevailing and emerging socio-economic realities and proposed remedies

Speaking at the event, the CS noted that the global, regional, and national security environment is becoming increasingly complex and dynamic, which demands a proactive defence and security sector. Leading in identification of the threats and mitigation measures through research and development, innovation, intelligence, and early warning systems.

He noted that the Journal is evidence that the university is living up to what it was established to undertake; research and innovation in the fields of security and strategy to enhance national security and development.

“The publications in the Journal are derived from diverse professions which together contribute to national security and prosperity, reinforcing NDU-K as an academic powerhouse in sharpening the professional skills and research capabilities of personnel from the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs),” said the CS.

He congratulated the University management and the faculty members for devoting their time and resources to develop the Journal which he said shall be useful to not only the Ministry but also the Government to develop policies and strategies that guarantee peace and security for national development.

“As a Ministry, we will continue supporting the University to execute its mandate, to conduct research and proffer innovative solutions to address the challenges our Forces face in the operation areas and support the national development agenda,” the CS affirmed.

On his part, the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) General Francis Ogolla attributed the successful publication of the Journal to the dedicated and cohesive team and commended the various authors for their well researched contributions.

“I’m very proud of the entire team that contributed to the journal for their well- grounded in research and innovation. Research is key as it provides practical solutions amidst emerging security threats.” said the CDF.

His sentiments were echoed by the University Vice – Chancellor Major General Said Farah, who added that the Journal will contribute to the formulation of policies and strategies that will address the security challenges facing the country and the region.

He maintained that the journal is critical since it has enabled the university to deliver the core mandate of conducting research and innovation in defence, security, and strategy.

“ The journal covers a range of issues. The role of fusion centres in integrating public health and medical intelligence gathering, role of the church in promoting co-existence in warring communities, regional security complexes in the Great Lakes Region, influence of development on de-securitization of the North East Kenya, global terror and impact on revenue mobilization in West Africa among others,” the Vice Chancellor said

The journal marks another key milestone in the University’s contribution to a secure and peaceful Kenya for accelerated national development.

Also present during the event were the Vice Chief of Defence Forces Lieutenant General Jonah Mwangi, Service Commanders, Deputy Army Commander, Commandant NDC, members of the University Council, among other senior officials from the University and in the military.

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